Prosecutors investigating whether the driver of a Tesla deliberately crashed the car on the side of Highway 1 three weeks ago, nearly killing his family members, are now also investigating whether mechanical issues could have caused the incident, the prosecutor said. San Mateo County. The times.
The driver of the white Tesla, Dharmesh Patel, was initially arrested by California Highway Patrol on suspicion of attempted murder and child endangerment for allegedly driving his wife and two children off the highway at Devil’s Slide in Northern California. But distance. Attention. Steve Wagstaffe said his office is also investigating whether the crash could have been caused by a problem with the car.
“Did the brakes give out? Did the brakes work? Were there any other mechanical failures that prevented him from stopping the vehicle?” Wagstaffe said in an interview. “We’ll have the car viewed from top to bottom.”
Prosecutors are still in the early stages of the investigation, Wagstaffe said.
After investigating the case, California Highway Patrol investigators developed “probable grounds to believe that this incident was an intentional act” and placed Patel under arrest, the CHP said in a statement at the time of the arrest.
Patel remains in the hospital.
The crash occurred on January 2 when Patel was driving the car with his wife Neha and their two children, ages 4 and 7. was arrested at Stanford Hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash.
Patel has since been transferred to San Mateo Medical Center, Wagstaffe said.
The case alarmed neighbors, who knew the Patels as an “idyllic” family living at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Pasadena.